By Michael Hilkemeijer
In a world that is becoming increasingly dependent on online and digital capabilities, it is crucial given the current global events with the Covid-19 pandemic that if you particularly teach in early childhood and primary education that you make effective instructional decisions to do with ICT teaching and learning strategies.
Within the Australian Curriculum, for example, teaching and learning with ICT in the primary school is emphasised throughout key learning areas. By doing this, the ICT teaching and learning strategies such as the ones that follow, develop the 21st century skill ICT capability.
Therefore, it is important that you when you are teaching and learning with ICT that is carried out in meaningful context-driven ICT activities. This is what effective teaching and learning with ICT in the primary school is about.
These ICT teaching and learning strategies will ensure that you also comply with the curriculum requirements and teach ICT capability in purposeful ICT activities.
The ICT teaching and learning strategies in this online workshop for primary school teachers focus on ICT tools used in classroom teaching that gives children full control. They also enable a high degree of decision-making by children making full use of their higher order thinking skills and challenges them intellectually.
You probably have used them or know of them. This capacity-building workshop for teachers focuses on the available ICT tools in classroom teaching such as:
- Word processing;
- Desktop publishing;
- Advanced web searching skills;
- Presentation software such as Prezi and MS PowerPoint;
- Video creation;
- Blogging and;
- Web design.
You might know that teaching and learning with ICT tools such as the ones listed above require knowledge of skills. However, you would be surprised to know that the best strategy for you is NOT to know everything.
Let me explain further to you.
It is impossible, right? So why bother? Teacher knowledge of ICT tools is important, don’t get me wrong about that. However, your strategy when teaching and learning with ICT should be to focus on one familiar ICT tool where you know that the techniques are transferrable for the students.
Being familiar will help you identify circumstances when students are ready to move onto a new feature or to use the software for a more demanding purpose. It is also better for students to work with a small number of versatile programs and progressively develop their skills and knowledge through carefully structured activities.
The Importance of Developing an Integrated Approach to Teaching in Primary School
Teaching and learning with ICT in the primary school is very important as the national curriculum has made it a requirement to teach ICT capability in the key learning areas where possible. ICT capability is also understood to the integration of digital technologies including ICT.
Primary teachers need to be able to develop student ICT capability, which is more than just teaching techniques when teaching and learning with ICT as it is a 21st century skill that is really needed in an online and digital world. Learning progression occurs mostly in primary school and the embedding of high impact teaching strategies for primary school teachers that incorporate the use of ICT into learning activities has to forthright in achieving this general capability.
Additionally, the AITSL has emphasised the practice of primary school teachers teaching and learning with ICT and has set professional standards such the ones that our accredited online workshop for primary school teachers (2.6.2 and 3.4.2), for teachers to achieve in their teaching and learning with ICT in the primary school that they are employed at. The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers is a key feature of this workshop and it guarantees teacher quality learning.
Strategies for Teaching and Learning with ICT
Before I begin I want to let you know that these are not my own. However, these ICT teaching and learning strategies are derived from teacher-tested, ICT capable classrooms because this is a skill that the students today will need to be able to be proficient in. They are the ones who no doubt will need to survive if future Covid-19 pandemics occur.
Teaching and learning with ICT in primary school are made easy with these strategies:
- Plan the incorporation of ICT in primary school.
- Build on students’ use of ICT at home.
- Stimulate and structure ICT learning.
- Improve teacher capacity in ICT capability.
- Organise ICT in the classroom.
- Facilitate capabilities in ICT.
- Promote the development of student ICT capability.
- Select the appropriate ICT tools used in classroom teaching.
- And much more.
These ICT teaching and learning strategies go in-depth in relation to providing you with the expertise you need in order to teach and learn with ICT in primary school. Along with ICT capability, you also promote the development of digital content creators, technology innovators, and digital fluent users of ICT as a result of effective teaching and learning with ICT.
This accredited online workshop for primary teachers will provide you with the best ICT teaching and learning strategies that you need to develop a whole-school approach in ICT capability development in primary school today.
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